3D Printing

Makerbot Replicator 2X

3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.

The UWSP Library has a Flashforge Creator Pro available to all UWSP students, faculty and staff.

The Flashforge Creator Pro prints with ABS and PLA (biodegradable) filament, has dual extruders, and a build volume of 22.5L x 14.5W x 15H cm.

Schedule the Printer

Interested in using the 3D printer? Contact Matt Sonnenberg to submit a file or discuss your project. Due to time and resource constraints we cannot guarantee that your file can be printed.


Makerbot Training

The cost for 3D printing is determined by the amount of filament used for your model, including support material.

  • We charge 10 cents per gram with a minimum charge of $2 per printing session.
  • A cost estimate will be provided before printing begins.

Want to Learn More?

For more information review the Policies and Procedures, visit the 3D Printing LibGuide or contact Matt Sonnenberg.

Policies & Procedures for 3D Printing at UWSP Library

Who can Print?

The 3D printer is available for use by UWSP students, faculty and staff. Community members will also be eligible to use the Library’s 3D printer. Printing is done on a first-come, first-serve basis taking into account the following priority order: students, faculty and staff printing objects for course work or research; student, faculty and staff printing other works; community members.

Terms of Use and Copyright

Those wishing to utilize the Library’s 3D printer must do so for lawful purposes. Users must abide by all applicable laws, University policies, and Library policies while respecting the health and safety of the University community. UWSP Library staff reserve the right to decline any print request for any reason. Our printer cannot be used to print weapons of any type.

UWSP abides by the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). These laws govern photocopying or creating other reproductions of copyrighted materials. All users of the 3D printer must abide by copyright laws. For more information, visit the UWSP Library Copyright guide.

Cost of 3D Printing

The cost for 3D printing is determined by the amount of plastic filament used for your model, including support material. We charge 10 cents per gram with a minimum charge of $2 per printing session. After you submit your .stl file, we will review the model and email you with the approximate cost to print. Once you approve the charge we will print your object and let you know when it is finished and available for pickup.

To see an estimate of how many grams of filament your model will require to print, download the Makerbot Desktop software, export the file, and run print preview.

Users must pay for prints before they will be turned over. Prints will be kept for two weeks. After two weeks, prints will become the property of the UWSP Library and may be disposed of at that time. Payment can either be in the form of cash to our administration office or direct billing of department or student campus accounts. Please arrange your payment with Matt Sonnenberg in ALB 319.

The user is responsible for all errors that occur during printing involving the steriolithographic (.STL) file and design of the model. If the object does not print correctly due to design errors, it is the responsibility of the user to pay for the object. It is recommended that before you submit your .STL file for printing, you utilize a software that checks for errors and helps repair them. One such software is Netfabb. It will help you repair errors such as bad edges, holes, and reserved normal.

File Approval

Users must submit their files in .STL or .OBJ format. Users will need to schedule an appointment if they wish to print the object themselves or observe the printing process. An appointment is not required if you do not wish to watch the printing process. You can submit your file directly to Matt Sonnenberg at msonnenb@uwsp.edu.

Library staff will review the file and send a confirmation email to the address provided that the submission has been received. The email will state whether the file has been approved, the estimated cost, expected completion data, and any important information for the user. Library staff may need additional information about the print job or may need to schedule a consultation with the user. Once the file has been printed, staff will send another email informing the user the cost of the print and the due date to pick up the model.

All submissions are subject to approval based on scheduling and availability. There may be times that the printer is malfunctioning, being repaired, or is being used for an event or a course. During such times, the 3D printer may not be available for use and there will be a delay in approving submissions and printing objects. Any significant lapses in printing time will be noted on the 3D printing web page.

After the submission has been printed and the print has been picked up or the two week time limit to pick up the object is over, the submitted file will be deleted by library staff.

If a user wishes to print their object themselves, they will need to schedule an appointment with library staff to receive training on the 3D printer. Users will be supervised by a library staff member during the printing process.


Users may see slight imperfections in their prints. Small bumps or holes and rough edges at the base of an object may occur with 3D printing. You can clean up some of the imperfections with fine sand paper or other tools. The printer is very accurate, but there may be some instances where objects do not fit precisely together.

The printer builds objects from the ground up. There are instances where certain prints will require support material and/or rafts to ensure proper printing. Support material is often needed if the design has large overhangs or parts suspended in mid-air. Rafts are often used as support at the base of the model. These types of additions are easily removable by the user. Library staff will not be responsible for removing any supporting material and/or rafts for the user.


If you would like to meet with a library staff member for additional information about 3D printing or if you have questions please email Matt Sonnenberg at msonnenb@uwsp.edu.

Staff & Contact Info

319 ALB
In the IMC

Matt Sonnenberg
319 ALB